Our teaching methodology is based on a researched understanding of the needs of a growing child. It upholds differential learning and multiple intelligences while leveraging the creativity of every student, as per the revised Bloom’s taxonomy which places creativity at the top. We strive to present new information to our children using a variety of engaging and stimulating methods that cater to their individual needs.
Our curriculum focuses on learning with complete understanding and mastery. It aims at treating every child as special and enables them to compete with themselves, thus creating an intrinsic motivation in children to succeed.
We are provisionally affiliated to the CBSE board, awaiting final inspection and affiliation (as on 15th Dec 2017)
Our Preschool curriculum is inspired by the power of absorption and pace of development in this age group. The environment is prepared keeping in mind the needs of the toddlers and to foster independence, psychomotor development, language development and understanding of the world around them. Learning takes place through exploration, observation, interaction and experience.
We have XSEED as our curriculum partner in our endeavour to inculcate the joy of learning in our children. The HOTS-driven learning process involves the 5 As – Aim, Action/Activity, Analysis/Discussion, Application, and Assessment. This integrated curriculum follows the natural pattern of learning of each child and is divided in to Language, Math, Theme (World Around Them), Self-Awareness & Care, Play for Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development, Movement, Art & Music.
Language is presented through songs, stories, phonic lessons, and conversations. The teachers establish a close and nurturing bond with each child to develop trust and security. The preschool assemblies, project presentations, circle time, show and tell, thematic celebrations, festivals, etc., are all aimed at enhancing pronunciation and clarity of speech. Developing skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing is the prime focus. Field trips, nature walks, sand play, working outdoors, are some of the opportunities that are provided to enhance their understanding of the world around them.
All the above-mentioned categories are linked to each other and integrated with life skills and value education modules to make children independent and self-reliant. This methodology guarantees better conceptual understanding, generalization of concepts and application in real life.
Primary School Curriculum
The curriculum aims at building a strong foundation; developing independent learning skills, critical thinking skills, exploration and inquiry, responsibility and confidence in these learners. Apart from the subjects offered, children are engaged in various co-curricular activities like, swimming, skating, PE, dance, yoga, art, music, chess, martial arts, etc.
Language development is at its peak in this age group and the curriculum is designed to provide a rich learning opportunity to the child through – introduction of new languages (Hindi and Kannada); music; stories; vocabulary enrichment; DEAR (Drop Everything And Read); focus on spoken language through classroom discussions; circle time; elocution; project presentation; poem recitation; exposure to various forms and media; developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; careful planning of activities and resources according to the needs of each child.
Math curriculum is planned keeping in mind its predominance in our lives in some form or the other. Concepts are introduced through stories and real-life situations; activities and resources are planned to engage all their senses to aid easy absorption of concepts and generalization in their daily lives; children learn to represent, compare, and use different operations with ease; preparation of portfolios and learning charts aid in better understanding and presentation of their learnings.
EVS concepts are introduced through stories, experiences, and materials. Activities planned for this dynamic subject area include, stories; live projects; field trips; experiments; nature walks; outdoor work; exploration; observing patterns, similarities and differences in various things around them.
Project Based Learning (PBL)Passive learning of facts is no longer sufficient to prepare children for life in today’s world. PBL is central to our philosophy of education which aims at developing lifelong learners. It is a multidisciplinary approach that connects classroom learning to real life. It enables children to become self-directed learners who work together and conduct in-depth investigations on real-life topics that intrigue them. All the subject areas, like, language, math, science, history, geography, art, music, movement, computers, etc., are integrated in PBL. It culminates into an Annual Project Presentation which is a celebration of learning. Our children present their learning journey to their parents and peers. Teachers feel that PBL accommodates students with varying learning styles. It also acts as a reliable assessment tool for the teachers to know more about the child, his/her capabilities and skills, and address a range of issues in a more meaningful way.
Life Skills – Life skills are interwoven in to our curriculum to help children cope with various life situations. Teachers along with the school counselor address various topics such as, self-awareness, self-esteem, respect, coping with emotions, personal safety, effective communication, negotiation, empathy, inclusivity, etc., through circle time, group guidance programs and class teacher periods.
MakerSpace A creative space for children to explore various resource materials where they apply their critical and creative thinking skills to create and construct something useful.
Middle School Curriculum
During this period, children continue to get wider exposure into the various subjects offered, but in a specific way, as the subdivisions in each subject are introduced. The curriculum continues to further ignite curiosity, creativity, analytical skills, problem solving skills, awareness of self and the world around them.
Language Third language is introduced at this stage. Language gathers more impetus through practice of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills introduction of prose, poetry, composition, essays, drama, and the like. Children learn to appreciate different forms of language usage.
Math skills are learnt by exploration that is focused, in-depth, and by applying concepts to solve problems. Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics are integrated in order to equip the child to understand the various mathematical relations, techniques, principles and functions.
Science Curriculum is divided in to Physics, Chemistry and Biology streams. Concepts are presented through activities involving varied materials, discussions, experiences, experiments, and projects. Field trips, forms of media and expert interaction are some opportunities provided to enhance their conceptual understanding and take them beyond the curriculum.
Social Sciences Curriculum is divided in to History, Geography, and Civics. Children gain exposure to the world around them. Movies, documentaries, debates, newspaper articles, guest lectures, and field trips help the children widen their understanding of the concepts.
Project Based Learning (PBL) PBL is central to our philosophy of education which aims at developing lifelong learners. It is a multidisciplinary approach that connects classroom learning to real life. It enables children to become self-directed learners who work together and conduct in-depth investigations on real-life topics that have been intriguing them. All the subject areas, like, language, math, science, history, geography, art, music, movement, computers, etc., are integrated with PBL. It culminates into an Annual Project Presentation which is a celebration of learning. Our children present their learning journey to their parents and peers. Teachers feel that PBL accommodates students with varying learning styles. It also acts as a reliable assessment tool for the teachers to know more about the child, his/her capabilities and skills, and address a range of issues in a more meaningful way.
Life Skills Life skills are interwoven in to our curriculum to help children cope with various life situations. Teachers along with the school counselor address various topics such as, self-awareness, self-esteem, respect, coping with emotions, personal safety, effective communication, negotiation, empathy, inclusivity, etc., through circle time, group guidance programs and class teacher periods.
ACE Program ACE (Accelerated Learning Program) is an extension of the MakerSpace Program in Primary. Our Middle and Highschoolers pick their own individual projects and work on them throughout the year with guidance from mentors. Our mentors are experts from different professional backgrounds who have volunteered to guide our students through their projects with their valuable inputs. Children maintain a journal of their project. They present their final products and share their experiences at the end of the academic session. Guest lectures / workshops are organized during the ACE program where successful professionals from different walks of life share their experiences with our children giving them a sneak peek in to their lives and professions.
High School Curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to manage this transformative yet vulnerable phase effectively. The NCERT prescribed books gradually replace the XSEED text books. Our teachers are well equipped to handle this crucial point in a student’s life where he/she has to make decisions with respect to his/her future. They are provided with support and encouragement to believe in themselves, develop the discipline of self-learning and understand the importance of rigour. Our guiding principle of creating a stress-free joyful learning experience through meaningful activities and experiences will enable the students to learn and prepare for life. Our teachers are equipped to develop emotional intelligence skills in our students to help them manage life situations. In these grades we also prepare our students to face competition and examinations, to succeed in the external world with equanimity.
Electives – Currently the electives offered as the 6th Subject for CBSE are – Computer Science, Home Science or Physical Education.
Assessments are both formative and summative, and are continuous and ongoing. Evaluations are done based on a student-friendly rubrics shared with the students before the assessment. The whole evaluation process is constructive with qualitative feedback, with the sole objective of student improvement and involves self-evaluation, peer evaluation, teacher evaluation, and parent feedback.
Grades 1-4 have Formative Assessments. Summative Assessments are not conducted for these grades.
Grades 5 to 10 have Formative Assessments along with Term-End exams as specified by the CBSE Board.
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